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Students learn about career education options

ESCANABA — Eighth grade students from Bark River-Harris and Mid Peninsula school districts visited the Delta-Schoolcraft Intermediate School (DSISD) and Bay College, Friday, Feb. 15, in Escanaba. They attended the 8th Grade Career Exploration program, hosted by Delta County College Access ...

Escanaba looks at future with Holy Name

ESCANABA — The recent announcement from Holy Name Catholic School that it is planning to reopen its high school has received attention from Escanaba Area Public Schools Superintendent Coby Fletcher. For many years, Escanaba and Holy Name have shared suitable instructors, transportation and ...

Roof collapses on Peoples building

MANISTIQUE — The roof of a Manistique business collapsed earlier this week, according to Manistique Public Safety. At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13, the collapse was reported at the Ben Franklin/Peoples building at 239 S. Cedar St. It was caused by a heavy snow load. As the roof that ...

Public help needed to clear fire hydrants

ESCANABA — Escanaba Public Safety, Gladstone Public Safety and Manistique Public Safety are requesting the public’s help in clearing the snow and ice around the fire hydrants nearest to their residences. In case of a fire, firefighters need quick access to the hydrants. Snow and ice ...

Snow Trouble

Jordan Beck | Daily Press Winter weather can be hard on all kinds of vehicles — even those built to be used during the season. Above, Assistant Director of Gladstone’s Parks and Recreation Department Jason Davis works on a broken snow groomer at the John and Melissa Besse Sports Park Thursday.

Court denies drug kingpin’s appeal

MANISTIQUE — A convicted cocaine kingpin and former murder suspect who was sentenced to up to 30 years in prison for the transport and sale of more than 1,000 grams of cocaine in Schoolcraft County had his request to have his fines reduced heard by the Michigan Court of Appeals recently. ...

Children safe after fire at apartment

ESCANABA — Escanaba Public Safety officers rescued three infant children after an Escanaba family’s apartment caught fire Wednesday night. At 4:37 p.m., a call was received at Delta County Central Dispatch about a structure fire on the 600 block of South 8th Street. A family was still ...

Students may be making up ‘snow days’

ESCANABA — Students in local school districts have enjoyed a “winter break” of sort. Multiple days of school have been canceled due to a combination of sub-zero temperatures, snowstorms and icy conditions. If Old Man Winter doesn’t let up soon, school superintendents may need to get ...

Delta County part of bond lowering program

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Five Michigan courts, from the Detroit area to Delta County, will participate in a program to try to reduce jail costs by setting reasonable bonds for people awaiting trial. Chief Justice Bridget McCormack says no one should sit in jail just because they can’t afford ...

Lawmakers block Whitmer order in rare move

LANSING (AP) — Republican lawmakers on Thursday blocked Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s bid to restructure the state environmental agency — the first time the full Legislature has rejected a gubernatorial executive order since 1977. The GOP-led Senate voted 22-16 against the order ...

Trump declares national emergency to build border wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — Battling with one branch of government and opening a new confrontation with another, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency Friday to fulfill his pledge to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Bypassing Congress, which approved far less money for ...

Local snowfall totals piling up

ESCANABA — Heavy snowfall and bitterly cold temperatures have been seen in the area over the past few weeks. Representatives of local public works departments said the impact of this weather on their work has been significant. According to information from the Escanaba Water Treatment ...

How does love last a lifetime?

By Clarissa Kell ckell@dailypress.net ESCANABA — Although February has been filled with ice and snow, Valentine’s Day is warming hearts all around. What makes a loving relationship that lasts a lifetime? Two local couples who have been married more than half a century shared their ...

Judge removes himself from criminal sexual conduct case

ESCANABA — Delta County Circuit Court Judge John Economopoulos will no longer preside over the two criminal sexual conduct cases involving a Gladstone teen. Economopoulos announced his decision to step down from the case during a status conference in circuit court Wednesday. Hunter Grizz ...

Baseball bat assault heads to circuit court

ESCANABA — An Escanaba man facing an assault with a dangerous weapon charge was recently bound over from Delta County District Court to circuit court. Collin Wade Nelson, 20, of 525 N. 19th St., Escanaba, was bound over on one count of assault with a dangerous weapon (felonious assault), a ...

Senate votes to limit forfeitures in drug cases

LANSING (AP) — Legislation advancing in Michigan would limit law enforcement’s ability to take ownership of cash and other property in drug cases that don’t result in convictions. The Senate voted 36-2 Wednesday, sending the bill to the House. It was the first vote on a bill by either ...

Chilly weather doesn’t stop chili

Jordan Beck | Daily Press The Menominee-Delta-Schoolcraft Community Action Agency (MDSCAA) was determined to serve chili whether or not the area was hit by chilly weather Tuesday. Above, MDSCAA Executive Director Julie Moberg, right, brings an order of chili to Brad Lenberg. This event was ...

Another storm leaves mark on area

ESCANABA — The Upper Peninsula’s wild winter continued Tuesday and Wednesday morning with a snowstorm that covered the Escanaba area in about a foot of snow. Jordan Wendt, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service (NWS) Marquette Office, said reports his office has received ...

Planning underway for CBC fund drive

MANISTIQUE — The CBC will hold its 52nd annual fund drive in 2019. First Chair for the 2019 CBC Bob Crumb said planning for this year’s fund drive is ongoing. “It’s early planning, but we’re very excited about the 52nd annual CBC,” he said. Last year, the CBC Fund Drive raised ...

Whitmer says roads, education in crisis; touts tuition plan

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday identified two major crises facing Michigan — aging infrastructure and a lagging education system — while promising to soon propose a “real solution” to fix the roads and touting a tuition-free plan that would help high school graduates ...